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Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 3
  • Pick 12
  • Overall 76

Combine Results

5.52 ?
  • 5.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 26.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 95.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.73 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"There aren't a lot of highly rated centers in this draft, so they're coming off the board. He's a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 312LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


Prepped in Texas. Redshirted in 2009. Started all 50 games at center 2010-13. First two-time captain in Razorback history.



Functional base in pass protection. Can work his hips and seal and execute combo blocks. Aware and alert -- good in-line reactions. Durable and battle-tested -- started all 50 games of his career and has experience locking horns with NFL-caliber defensive tackles. Highly respected two-time captain. Intelligent vocal leader with outstanding football character.


Needs to bulk up his frame and get stronger. Limited push, power and explosion -- too often content to stalemate. Does not play with a load in his hands. Tends to bend at the waist, lean and fall off blocks. Spends too much time on the ground. Struggles to sustain on the second level. Center only. Produced the fewest reps (20) of 225 pounds of any lineman at the combine.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

Experienced, dependable pivot who lacks starter-caliber power and athleticism. Lack of versatility hurts his chances, and he will have to survive on smarts, leadership and competitiveness.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.